Definition of clamshell
1 : the shell of a clam
2a : a bucket or grapple (as on a dredge) having two hinged jaws
b : an excavating machine having a clamshell
c : either of a pair of doors (as in an airplane tail) that open out and away from each other
d : a hinged container, case, or cover that opens like the shell of a clam
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